The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brig.Gen Paul Boroh, has condemned the attack on a major oil and gas facility of Chevron Nigeria Limited by a Niger Delta group which called itself the Niger Delta Avengers on Wednesday.
Boroh said that the 30,000 ex-militants of the Niger Delta captured under the Amnesty Programme, were not part of those who staged the attack on the Chevron Abiteye pipeline.
The Amnesty boss called on the security agencies to track down those behind the attack and ensure that they were brought to justice.
Boroh who made the comment while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Friday said that the attack posed a danger not only to the Niger Delta but also to the nation’s economy.
He urged youths of the area to refrain from the heinous act of pipeline vandalism which according to him was inimical to the environment apart from the fact that it was a crime against the country.
“The attack on the Chevron facility in Delta State is unfortunate and condemnable. It was carried out by some persons who called themselves Niger Delta Avengers. These are not the ex-militants who are captured under the Presidential Amnesty Programme
“All those that are captured under Amnesty Programme are under command; the people who did this are economic saboteurs; the security agents should arrest them and bring them to justice.
“Pipeline vandalism is an avoidable self-inflicted agony. It is unreasonable to engage in such criminal activity not only because of the resultant economic effect on the country but particularly as it also negatively affects the Niger Delta environment. The act of vandalising pipelines is counter-productive apart from it being a crime against the state.
“Those involved in this nefarious activity are economic and environmental saboteurs. It will do well for them to refrain from it as my office is always open to dialogue regardless of their grievances.”
Boroh said that the Federal Government had already put in place a well-structured Programme of reintegration for youths of the region which had contributed to the maintenance of peace and security in the region.
He said that the granting of Amnesty and the Federal Government’s sincerity to the Programme had made militancy unattractive in the oil rich area.